During the holidays, you should play and make good cheer. Holiday parties can be a wonderful way to celebrate the year gone by, but it can also be quite stressful to plan. But fear not! I bring you tidings of great joy and preparation and ideas on how to improve your event planning basics for holiday parties. To make any holiday party a lasting memory, food, beverages, and gift giving activities are primary planning concerns.
Company holiday parties can be so much fun, but everything is better enjoyed in moderation. You can limit your liability as the hosting organization by providing 2 drink coupons per person, and then rock the cash bar from there. Some other options are:
• Cab vouchers
• Assign designated drivers
• Wine & beer vs. full bar
One of the best things about the holidays is the food. That doesn’t have to be turkey and ham, but please…no more chicken.
• Plated – This could perhaps be the cheaper route in the long run, but it’s not always the most popular amongst attendees.
• Buffet – A buffet can definitely lend more variety, but it can also be costly. However, you may be able to offset the cost of using a buffet-style dinner by using “action stations”. They are all the rage right now and are equipped with a “made-to-order” chef. Example action stations include: sushi bar, mashed potato bar, or quesadilla station. You can pre-plan which stations will be most popular by offering several choices during the registration process.
This is a time of giving, and what better place to give unto others than at the company holiday party.
• Traditional exchange – Ideal for larger groups. You can do it the old fashioned way by setting a limit for each gift and then assign names at random. Assuming that this activity will not be mandatory, you can include a question on your registration form that asks if they would like to participate. If yes, you can include an additional section where participants can list their top 3 choices for gifts to help eliminate the guesswork.
• White Elephant – You can go several directions with this game, but keep in mind that someone has to moderate it. You can have stealing or no stealing; wrapped or un-wrapped; either way, the game continues until everyone has a gift.
This holiday season comes but once a year. So make it memorable! Check out this BizBash article for more holiday party ideas: Corporate Holiday Report: Top Trends for 2013